The U of S Sustainability Education Research Institute to host sustainability education conference

The recently launched College of Education research centre, the Sustainability Education Research Institute (SERI) is pleased to announce it is hosting the inaugural annual conference, “Land, Place, and Environment: Advancing Learning and Practice Toward a Sustainable Future,” in partnership with the Saskatchewan Outdoor and Environmental Education Association (SOEEA).  The event is being supported by the U of S Conference Fund, the U of S Office of Sustainability, and the Department of Educational Foundations at the U of S.

“We are extremely excited to be hosting our first conference.  Both presenters and attendees will get the opportunity to share knowledge and best practices in education concerned with land, place, environment, and sustainability,” said SERI Director, Marcia McKenzie.  “The conference program is very diverse and represents some of the exciting sustainability education initiatives happening in Saskatchewan.  We hope that this annual conference will provide a space for learning and sharing among the growing number of individuals and organizations in the school system, the university, and the community who are concerned with sustainability and education locally, and eventually nationally and internationally.” 

During the full day event, three concurrent strands of workshops will focus on early childhood to grade 12 education, post-secondary education, and community-based education.  The conference program includes presenters from the University of Saskatchewan and the Univerisity of Regina, school divisions across the province, community organizations, activists, and artists. 

Keynote speaker, activist Brigette DePape, will be sharing her experiences as a youth activist and discussing how those experiences have impacted her understanding of requirements for environmental education.  DePape came to national attention in 2011 for protesting the Harper Government’s policies while participating in the Canadian Senate Page Program.

The conference will be on Friday, October 4th, 2013 between 9 am – 5 pm at the College of Education.  Registration for the conference is $30, and $10 for students and includes lunch and refreshments.  Attendees are encouraged to bring their own water bottles and/or travel mugs to the conference.

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Nicola Chopin